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Melania Trump shares her ‘Fostering the Future’ initiative and awards a scholarship during an interview with Pete Hegseth

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Former First Lady Melania Trump joined Fox News’ Pete Hegseth to share updates on her life after her time in Washington DC and discuss her Fostering the Future initiative in her first TV interview since leaving the White House.

In the exclusive interview, the former First Lady introduces the organization’s first fellow under the new initiative – part of Trump’s “Be Best” initiative – and shares with Hegseth her excitement for the project.

“It’s exciting to work with the leaders of the host family community and the schools they choose,” she said. “I look forward to the Fostering the Future scholarship.”

Hegseth and Trump then surprised fellow Michael Whitesman with a video call to discuss his victory.


First Lady Melania Trump announces the launch of her “Be Best” initiative in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, May 7, 2018.
(REUTERS/Lea Millis)

Before giving the floor to Trump, Hegseth asked Whitesman to share his story as someone who grew up in the foster care system.

“I was born to an 18-year-old single mother in Southern California, and right after she had me, she had her next child. When he was three months old, he died in his sleep. At that point, the police came to pick me up from my house and they found me alone at home sitting on the kitchen floor with a knife in my hands at the age of one year. he declared,

Whitesman said he became an adopted child at this time and moved into eight different homes over the next four years until he was adopted into his eighth home at age five.

Melania Trump shares her ‘Fostering the Future’ initiative and awards a scholarship during an interview with Pete Hegseth

First lady Melania Trump sits at her table after speaking at the Governors’ Spouses Luncheon in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Whitesman pointed out that he had refused to go to college for years since he recognized the pain of debt and the Fostering the Future opportunity changed his life.

“All my life, the only thing I regretted was not having had the opportunity to go to university,” he said. “So when I heard about the opportunity this could give me, I was just extremely grateful for the generosity and kindness of it. So to me, that means a whole lot.”


Hegseth then surprised Whitesman by revealing that Trump had been present the entire time and gave the two an opportunity to exchange words.

“Thank you so much for your generosity,” Whitesman told Trump.

“You’re welcome. Just wishing you great success, and I know you’re starting classes in the fall,” she said. “Just make your dreams come true…”

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